Times of Israel reports pro-Israel rally held in Kolkata

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Bangalore, Aug 18: The Times of Israel on Sunday reported about the pro-Israel rally which was held in Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, on Saturday to express solidarity with the Jewish state in its current conflict with the Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

An estimated 20,000 people attended the rally, claimed to be biggest in favour of Israel in recent years, reported the online Israeli newspaper.

Protesters with pro-Israeli banners took to the streets of the city while leaders spoke about Israel's rights to defend itself against Hamas, a militant organisation.

The rally was organised by Hindu Samhati and was attended by 20,000 people

One of the rally organisers said India and Israel are thriving democracies who have their fates intertwined and both share same values, the Times of Israel report said.

The rally was organised by Hindu Samhati, a political movement, and also Sikh and Buddhist representatives. The Buddhist members came from Bangladesh, which has been hit by Muslim riots.

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